The politics of economic embargo

Lack of Muslim representation: Polarisation following the 2013 riots ensured that not a single Muslim was elected in the 2014 elections Picture shows Muslim women waiting to vote at a village in Muzaffarnagar district.

As Muslims benefited from the economic reforms of the 1990s and spread their influence from business to politics, they first became objects of envy and then targets of hate. In communal riots, like those in Muzaffarnagar and Atali, it is hard-won Muslim businesses and wealth that are the worst casualties.

The politics of economic embargo

In communal riots, like those in Muzaffarnagar and Atali, it is hard-won Muslim businesses and wealth that are the worst casualties.

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Strangers in their own land

The Qureshis of Muzaffarnagar became wealthy mainly through meat export, and subsequently joined politics to protect their businesses.

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